The Home Front: GMO labeling, an indicted ex-sheriff and panhandling problems

Panhandling problems, an indicted ex-sheriff, fall arts previews, and GMO labeling all make the front pages of today’s broadsheets throughout Colorado.

The Greeley Tribune has a front-page story about how the city council grudgingly agreed to a deal with Comcast so the media company can use the city’s public property. Apparently some members of the city council know what it’s like dealing with Comcast. “I will say that I really love the commercial that Comcast does,” said Councilman Mike Finn. “I just wish I could believe it.” Mayor Tom Norton’s criticism was more pointed. “I wish you’d put a little more money into service than advertising,” he said.

The Grand Junction Daily Sentinel has a story about the Libertarian nominee being allowed in Club 20’s U.S. Senate debate on Saturday.

The Longmont Times-Call reports the city council there is debating whether to limit marijuana home grows. “It doesn’t make sense to forbid them to grow outside when plants are meant to be grown outside,” one council member said.

The Glenwood Springs Post-Independent has a story about how a new Bureau of Land Management plan to issue 65 oil and gas leases drew 75,000 public comments. “[The] vast majority of those came via form letters circulated by groups including the Thompson Divide Coalition and various conservation groups. More detailed critiques were provided by a consortium of conservation groups and energy trade organizations, BLM spokesman David Boyd said.”

Local voters will vote on whether to a tax should fund a scientific and cultural facilities district, reports the Loveland Reporter-Herald.

Steamboat Today fronts a story about two of the area’s fastest-growing outdoor gear companies deciding to stay in the Yampa Valley.

Delay’s on portions of I-25 around Pueblo begin today, reports The Pueblo Chieftain. “Both directions of the interstate will be reduced to one lane for a quarter-mile as all southbound traffic will be shifted to the northbound lanes as construction crews repair and widen the southbound bridge structure over Indiana Avenue.”

The Coloradoan in Fort Collins has a story about how  a new federal GM labeling law will affect shoppers in Colorado. The law “requires most food manufacturers (small manufacturers are exempt) to put a text label, symbol or QR code on food packaging indicating whether it contains genetically modified ingredients.”

On the front page of The Durango Herald is a story about how efforts to curb downtown panhandling have found mixed results. “Panhandling became far more visible after the American Civil Liberties Union sent a letter to the city in fall 2014 stating that Durango’s ordinance against loitering for the purposes of begging violated free-speech rights.”

The Cañon City Daily Record fronts a story about the city council approving a $15 surcharge fee for people convicted of violating a city ordinance in order to raise revenue for the city. “City Administrator Tony O’Rourke said the fines are expected to total about $20,000 annually and will be earmarked for crime prevention and police-related community events.”

A soda tax will appear on local ballots in Boulder, reports The Boulder Daily Camera.

The Denver Post has a story about a canal trail in the metro area. “It stretches clear across the metro area, spanning 71 miles from the jagged rock walls of Waterton Canyon to the windswept prairie south of Denver International Airport.”

The Colorado Springs Independent has its fall arts preview on the cover.

The Gazette in Colorado Springs fronts a dispatch in the ongoing saga of the former El Paso County sheriff who was indicted for a host of charges related to his time as a public official.